updated 4/30/2009 11:27:22 AM ET 2009-04-30T15:27:22

He may have broken the law, but a Nebraska inmate still can't change his name to "Sinner Lawrence Bilskirnir."

According to court documents, 23-year-old Jonathan L. Thomas cited his Norse religion in seeking the name change to Sinner Lawrence Bilskirnir. Thomas says he "is a heathen and Thor is his 'High God.'"

But Lancaster County District Judge Steve Burns denied the request. He said government agencies will need to closely track Thomas because of his criminal record and three child-support cases against him.

Thomas is serving time for attempted burglary, receiving stolen property and methamphetamine possession. He is due to be released in 2014.

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